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Memphis, TN, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 425 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014

  • Dying for Chocolate: Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    In Dying for Chocolate, intrepid caterer Goldy Bear has moved to the posh Aspen Meadows Country Club, where her tasty concoctions are a hit with the wealthy residents. But when her boyfriend, a local analyst, perishes in a car accident, Goldy suspects that his death has all the ingredients of a homicide.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narrator saves this story."

    The Goldy Mysteries aren't meant to be serious literature or even, I think, all that logical - they're a silly way to make it through vacuuming the living room or backwashing the pool. I know Barbara Rosenblatt is a popular narrator, but her mouth noises gross me out. The listen would have been more enjoyable if the sound engineer had dealt with all that juicy smacking, popping and wheezing. Yuck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Will Ferrell doing Bush?"

    I read books for a different reason than I listen to them. This would definitely fit into to "listen" category. It's a book to vacuum, clean the pool, or make dinner by, not one you're going to wish you had a hard copy of so you could reread an especially gratifying passage. And that's normally OK, but this narrator is driving me crazy.

    Halfway through and I'm not sure if the reader is trying to imitate Dub'ya or Dale Gribble from King of the Hill. The constant "thee" for "the" and "ay" for "a" has me imagining a Mike Judge or Will Ferrell character. I'm expecting Pearl the landlord or Boomhauer to show up any minute now.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "Annoying narrator and way too much exposition."

    If you're a Dan Brown fan, you'll probably like this book. If you're not, you probably won't.

    I found the narrator distracting and a bit precious. Her repeated mispronunciation of "Renault" is like fingernails on a chalkboard - especially since one of the characters is a nun who speaks French and the narrator manages to read her French dialogue with a passable accent.

    Speaking of dialogue -- the author gets a bit carried away with exposition. When she has a very old nun describe Mrs. Rockefeller's pearls "nestled in her grizzled neck, buttery orbs glinting in the dim light" My first thought was "Huh? Grizzled? Gristled?" Did the woman have a gray streaked beard or did the author mean "gristly" like a piece of tough meat? My second was, "Buttery orbs? Who talks like that?"

    This isn't literature, but it would probably be a good beach read - buy the book and supply your own narration. And please, it's "Reh-no", pas "Ruh-nalt".

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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